Does the school have an ICT suite?
There is not an ICT suite in the primary phase of the school as we do not need one. We have a set of laptops that we use in lessons and have access to 3, state of the art ICT suites in the secondary building that we use on a regular basis from Year 1 onwards. One of the great benefits of our all-through school, is the children have access to facilities in all of the buildings, whether they be IT, Sport, Cooking, DT etc.
Do the children have swimming lessons and if so, do these start in reception?
We do not have a pool at Beaulieu. Teaching children to swim is part of the curriculum but this will not take place until the children are in Key Stage 2.
When do children start getting homework and how much?
Children receive homework from Reception. All children are expected to read at least 3 times per week at home and have a selection of tasks to complete (at least 1 piece per week) on a ‘Homework Challenge Grid’. These activities are linked to all areas of the curriculum and relate to the topics that the children are learning at the time.
What year do they start learning spellings and times tables?
Children learn to spell from Reception as part of their daily phonics lessons. From the summer term of Year 1, children complete a weekly spelling check.
Times tables are taught alongside our Mathematics Mastery curriculum and begin from Year 1. From Year 2, children have access to an online tool called ‘TT Rockstars’- where they can practise their times tables at home. This continues all through the school.
Do the children put on a Christmas nativity / hold a harvest festival service etc.?
Each Year group takes part in a Year group assembly throughout the year. In Reception and Year 1 this is usually linked to the Nativity. Other assembly themes include Harvest Festival, Diwali, Easter, new beginnings, as well as other significant events and values.
If I live out of catchment, what are my chances of getting into the school?
This is a difficult question to answer. On the school website you will find out admissions criteria and how places are allocated.
What do you teach the children?
At the Beaulieu Park School we are passionate about reading! We have designed a book based curriculum where we have selected high-quality texts to base our learning around. Each lesson has been carefully designed for our children and provides children with engaging activities where all students are supported and challenged.
We teach the children to read and spell using a systematic synthetic phonics scheme called ‘Floppy’s phonics’. More information and a short video can be found on our school website to explain more.
We are a Mathematics Mastery school. This is a very practical and effective way of teaching maths. A short video can be found on our website.
What clubs do you offer?
Our co-curricular clubs start from Year 1 onwards. We offer a wide range of clubs that are run by teaching staff and other outside agencies. These range from term to term but this year have included computing, Spanish, art, football, tennis, construction, recorders and running. We offer every student at least 1 club.
Do you provide wrap-around care?
Yes. These are not run by the school. ACA run a breakfast and after school club on site. Jesters (The nursery next door) also run before and after school care. More information on this will be provided once school places have been allocated.
Does my child have to wear uniform?
Yes. Information about our uniform can be found on the school website. We expect all children to be in the correct uniform at all times.
What is your policy on behaviour?
Please see out behaviour policy online. We focus on positive behaviours through class dojo and ‘Good to be Green’ cards. We send home ‘Green all week stickers’ and dojo certificates on a weekly basis and would always work with parents if we had any concerns about behaviour.
How do you communicate with families?
We pride ourselves on our positive and strong relationships that we have with our families. We have an open-door policy and will always encourage parents to share any concerns or questions with their child’s class teacher.
We try to be as paperless as possible so do not send lots of letters home. Instead, we use an online tool called ClassDojo. This will be discussed more in a welcome meeting in May 2021.
What are your transition arrangements for when my child starts school?
Transition is something that is so important to us. These are some of the events that we have previously offered to our families;
- Kelly Koller (Head of Primary) will complete a home visit in the summer term to all 60 students.
- Children will be invited into school with their parents to meet their teacher and Learning Support Assistant (30-minute meeting)
- Stay and play sessions with a small group of children (including lunch).
After the transition period, we expect most children to stay in school all day (from 8.45-3.15). We will discuss with parents if we feel that a child would benefit from a reduced timetable.
Will my twins be in the same class or different?
Siblings and cousins will be allocated different classes. Children in Reception can flow across both classes each day and therefore siblings and cousins will be able to spend large parts of the day together if they choose to.
How are the classes chosen?
After getting to know families during home visits, Ms Koller will make a decision about which class your child will be in.
What happens next?
You will find out in April 2020 about your child’s school place. In May, we will contact all of our families to invite them to a Welcome Meeting. This is usually in person, but may be online depending on government guidelines at the time.
If you have any further questions, please contact the school.